SPARC – ADD / ADHD Parent Support Group


Where: District Education Center(DEC) 2520 E. 12th Ave., North St. Paul
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

All adults are welcome to our group. You do not need to live in District 622 in order to attend. We ask that you do not bring children to meetings but they are welcome to come to our childcare.  We meet on the second Monday of the month from October to April from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with the exception of December. We meet at the District Education Center(DEC), 2520 E. 12th Ave., North St. Paul.  We will meet in the boardroom, on the main level. Please park in the east parking lot (by the soccer field), enter through the east doors, and follow the signs to our meeting. If you are using childcare, check-in with us at the boardroom and we will show you how to find the childcare room.

*Support Meetings are cancelled whenever the School District is closed due to bad weather.
Child care reservations can be arranged by calling at least one week before each meeting:  651-748-7594. Please provide your name, and the name and age of your child(ren). The cost is $2.00 per child, per meeting. There is no drop-in care.

For any questions please contact Jenna Papke: or 952-228-7033.


2016-17 SPARC Schedule (Schools Parents And Resources Connecting – formerly ADD/ADHD Support Group)

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Back to School 101: Tips and Tools for Your Child’s Academic Success
Presented by: Kay Schwebach and Sarah Holmboe of YSB

Are back-to-school transitions difficult for your child? Does homework always become a battle? Do you feel like you never know when or how much to be involved in your child’s academics? In this presentation, gain a developmentally appropriate perspective on your child’s academic success, how to get back into a school routine, and what your role is when it comes to school.

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Beyond Facebook: Internet and Cell Safety 101
Presented by: Jane Straub

For parents, teachers and youth leaders: This presentation is designed for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help bridge the gap many adults feel when talking with teens about making safe choices with technology. We go past the sound bites and headline stories to provide accurate information on the problem and prevention steps to help prevent cyberbullying, sexting, and online exploitation of youth.

Monday, January 9th, 2017

ADHD Secrets: Interventions that Work
Presented by: Dr. Chris Bedford of the CALM Clinic

After years of experience evaluating and working with kids living with ADHD, Chris Bedford has acquired a vast collection of effective treatment recommendations for ADHD.  The focus of this presentation is on interventions for managing attention and reducing distractibility, planning and organizing, dealing with stress, optimizing nutrition, getting enough exercise, improving sleep, and addressing social difficulties.  Participants will leave with specific, practical interventions they can start using immediately.

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Kick the Habit Before it Starts

Presented by: Hannah Couch of Youth Service Bureau

Being a teenager is hard enough without throwing chemicals into the mix! In this session you’ll learn the impact chemicals have on your teen’s ability to grow and learn. You’ll also learn strategies for how to start a conversation about chemicals with your teen.

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Basics of Good Behavior Management
Presented by: Dr. Lauren Braswell of St. Thomas University

Course description coming soon

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Medication Management
Presented by: Dr. Adam Klapperich of PrairieCare

Course description coming soon.

Sponsors:  School District 622 and PrairieCare


The best way to get to the DEC is to take Highway 36 to McKnight Road and go north. Then take the first right onto 11th Avenue.  DEC is the building after North High,on the south side of the street. If you are traveling west on Highway 36 you can also take the Margaret Street exit and go straight. DEC will be on your left.


Please make childcare reservations at least one week before every meeting. Call 651-748-7594 and leave a message with your name and phone number and the names and ages of your child(ren). If you do not leave all of this information, your reservation for childcare will not be accepted, so please don’t forget. The cost is $2 per child per meeting. There is no drop-in care.  If you make a reservation and then later realize that you can no longer attend that night’s meeting, please call the childcare line so we can give your child’s spot to someone else.


Support group meetings are cancelled whenever District 622 is closed due to bad weather. You can find out if the district is closed at


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